October 18, 2019

According to the latest figures published by the Scottish Funding Council, 95.9% of students graduating from Ayrshire College went on to a positive leaving destination in 2017/18, up from 94.7% in the previous year. 

  

Of Ayrshire College leavers, 51.0% headed straight into work, higher than the national average of 4...

September 23, 2019

The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world will receive £1 million of SNP Government funding to help it sail again, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP has announced.

This brings the total raised to £1.9 million out of the £2.3 million required to carry out the necessary renovations.

The Waverley Paddle Steamer has transported millions of passe...

August 13, 2019

The fifth annual BeithFest beer festival returns to Geilsland on Saturday 31 August.

Between 13:00 – 21:00 you will be able to enjoy over 30 carefully curated beers from breweries in Scotland, running a range of styles from pale hoppy ales through to darker stouts. There will also be a selection of Scottish gins, cocktails and a real cider bar....

July 4, 2019

In the 2014-2020 funding programme, North Ayrshire has been directly allocated £5,925,755 from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which together make up the European Structural and Investment Funds and are managed in Scotland by the SNP Government.

North Ayrshire Council (NAC) is receiving £3,959,133...

July 3, 2019

Across NHS Ayrshire & Arran, the number of teenage pregnancies has declined from 715 in 2007 to 318 in 2016, a 55.5% decrease, with a 64.5% fall for under 18s.

Amongst teenage girls aged under 16 in Ayrshire, pregnancies also decreased from 70 to 21, a 70% decrease.

Teenage pregnancies in Scotland are now at the lowest level since 1994, with 30.2...

June 26, 2019

On 24 June, Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee undertook a fact-finding visit to inform its inquiry into the problem of empty homes and scrutiny of the SNP Government’s Non-Domestic Rates Bill.

The Committee went walkabout in Kilmarnock with Empty Homes Officer Liz King and Vibrant Communities Officer Elaine Millar before visit...

June 7, 2019

On Wednesday, Kenneth asked Trade, Investment and Innovation Minister Ivan McKee MSP what support will the Scottish Government provide to successfully deliver the Hunterston master plan, through the Ayrshire Growth Deal (AGD) and directly.

In his answer, the Minister alluded to the significant investment in housing, education and skills, transpor...

June 3, 2019

Largs Thistle Football Club arrived at last Sunday’s Cup Final in Hamilton hoping to emulate their 1994 success. Going in as underdogs against a strong Auchinleck Talbot side, it was always going to be difficult. Despite playing with passion, commitment and having much of the possession, Thistle lost 2-0.

Attached, one can see Thistle player Mark...

June 1, 2019

Saltcoats Community Council has organised the town’s first ever FOOD FEST.

The event is on today and tomorrow, 01 and 02 June, from 11am to 6pm.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“As I can attest there is a great variety of vendors offering mouth-watering food. Also in attendance will be local producers offering their own creations and quirky mobile bars of...

May 25, 2019

Kenneth with Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Community Council at Bridgend Community Centre and local elected members.

Marc, Irvin, Gordon, Catherine, Sharon and Allan and Councillors Dickson, Bell and Reid.

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